Under 15 squad - 2009-10
David Lee - Manager
MATCH REPORT MAY 12th : CALVERTON COLTS 2 CARLTON TOWN 1
Last game of the season and up against our closest rival Carlton Town so we expected a close affair. We got off to a fabulous start, when on 8 Minutes Romello showed his devastating pace to beat the defence and put the ball past the Carlton town keeper. 3 Minutes later Romello opened up the Carlton defence once again and although the keeper pulled off a fine save the ball fell to Kieran who bundled the ball into the net for a 2-goal lead. Calverton’s weakness this season has been defending corners and with 15 minutes gone we were undone again, Thomas woods the first to react and get Carlton back into the game, which to be fair they deserved. It had been a whirlwind 15 minutes. For long periods in the next 25 minutes Carlton camped in the Calverton half, we defended far too deeply and failed to look after the ball when going forward. Carlton competed well in midfield and closed down. When Calverton did break they looked dangerous, Romello & Kieran causing all sorts of problems. Overall in the end we held on up to half time.
The talking to at half time must have done the trick because the team’s rolls were reversed after the break. Calverton launched wave after wave of some of the best passing football we have seen in weeks. However Conner Touhig in the Carlton goal was in fine form today pulling off some excellent, no superb saves throughout the half. Romello, Kieran , Jack Jordan all might have scored on another day, but Billy was already celebrating a headed goal from Koreys pin perfect cross when the Carlton keepers hand came from nowhere to push the ball wide. At the other end Carlton failed to capitalize on the first half efforts and rarely looked as dangerous. However in literally the last minute Carlton had a big shout for a penalty, the striker with only Oliver to beat clashed inside the box, to be fair to Oliver the striker ran into him, but we have conceded penalties for less this season (at Carlton Town). Thankfully the Referee waived play on and we didn’t pay the price for missing a hat full of chances at the other end.A great result for the boys, and to finish on a high is always a bonus. Tonight’s result secures at least third spot in what has been the most competitive campaign ever. Its been a season of Highs & Lows…but I hope you will agree that the Highs have outweighed the Lows..well done boys…!
Congratulations to all the Title winning Teams (Dunkirk (league), Pelican(Shield) & Priory(Cup)
FT:2-1SCORERS: ROMELLO NANGLE , KIERAN JOHNSON
MOM: Romello Nangle
MATCH REPORT MAY 9th : WB BULLDOGS 3 CALVERTON COLTS 3
Once again both teams were down to the bear bones of a squad so we were both hoping not to pick up any injuries.
Bulldogs started the most brightly of the two teams getting the ball quickly forward and putting in an early shot. As the half proceeded Calverton came more into the game with WB playing a high defensive line, however we were unable to exploit it even with Kieran’s pace. Callum went closest with a shot cutting in from the left. A little against the run of play Bulldogs went into the lead with a quick counter attack, Ryan outpacing our backs and turning the ball in with great skill.
Calverton’s response was immediate when Romello volleyed home a close range effort at the third time of asking to level the score within 2 minutes. We looked to have taken the lead 5 minutes later, a route one clearance from Liam Bogues coming off the defenders head and Kieran pouncing in behind the backs to fire the ball home, however Kieran was judged harshly to have been offside.
From the kick off Bulldogs pressed forward and were rewarded with a deep cross from the right across the 6 yard box, only the Bulldogs attacked the ball and Ryan turned it his second goal at the far post to put them ahead again. 10 Minutes later and Bulldogs extended their lead with a goal mouth scramble, Calverton unable to clear and a shot moving through a crowd of players to beat Oliver. This gave the boys the kick they needed and they began to move the ball forward with more urgency. Bulldogs defended more deeply and became more desperate giving away numerous free kicks. On 30 Minutes Jordan’s long range free kick held up enough to beat the disappointed Bulldogs keeper to make it 3-2. Calverton continued to pile on the pressure going close on several occasions. With 10 minutes left Kieran finally got loose of the defenders and struck the ball hard & low for the equaliser. The boys continued to press for the winner and I think Bulldogs were the more relieved of the teams to hear the final whistle.
On reflection a decent game with plenty of commitment from both teams. Disappointment at conceding such a soft Goal straight from the half time kick off, but it is something we should learn from and take on board the benefits of moving the ball forward quickly from Kick offs.
On the plus side once again the Calverton never say die spirit came shining through.
SCORER: ROMELLO NANGLE , JORDAN KNIGHT , KIERAN JOHNSON
MOM: Billy Bennett
MATCH REPORT MAY 2nd : CALVERTON COLTS 1 PELICAN COLTS 2
Everything to play for with just 3 games remaining, only a win would be good enough to keep the boys on track for the League run in. Previous encounters this season have been close affairs with a win for Pelican in the FA Shield & a goalless draw in the league.
Both teams were down to bear bones of a side with Injuries, illness & holidays. The opening exchanges were well balanced, in fact there was little to choose between the sides. Pelican were strong across the defence and frustrated Calverton at every opportunity. At the other end Calverton did the same to Pelican but a lapse in concentration gifted the opening goal to Pelican from a corner with just 10 minutes of the first half. A Corner which looked to be going out and safe was flicked back into play and bundled over the line.
Calverton turned up the pressure in the second half but Pelican remained firm and still looked dangerous on the break. Calverton’s breakthrough arrived 20 minutes into the half Kieran tangling with the keeper and whilst on the floor managing to twist and turn the ball into the empty net. Minutes later Jack missed a golden opportunity to put Calverton ahead only to put the ball over the bar. Then Kieran missed another chance in a scramble around the post. 15 minutes to go Calverton pressed the panic button when a miss-placed pass under no pressure allowed Pelican to counter. The shot/cross from the left was half cleared to the incoming striker who made no mistake to put the blues ahead once again. Despite Calverton’s continued pressure we never looked like getting back into the game and Michaels complete missed volley in front of the Pelican goal summed up a frustrating mornings performance for the whole team.
Without doubt Pelican are the most improved team this season, Jeff & Trevor have worked wonders with the boys who now have self belief and a great team ethic. Unfortunately Calverton didn’t have the tools to undo Pelican today.
SCORER: KIERAN JOHNSON
MATCH REPORT April 28th : DUNKIRK COLTS 2 CALVERTON COLTS 4
These games with Dunkirk always seem to have a lot riding on the result. The boys never hold back providing entertaining games of free flowing football and plenty of goals. Tonight was no exception.
Calverton started well winning the midfield battle, with plenty of early pressure and chances. On 8 Minutes Jake towlson rose unchallenged to meet a corner from the right to head into the roof of the net for the opening goal. The early goal settled the boys and they looked the most creative of the two teams for a good 25 minutes. Billy having the best of the opportunities with 2 shots & a close range header. As the half proceeded Dunkirk began to find their feet and looked more dangerous creating more space and forcing errors. Calverton began to give the ball away too easily with stray passes when going forward. What looked easy in the first 20 minutes was looking like hard work. The inevitable happened with just minutes left of the half, a series of small mistakes allowed Dunkirk to break away, the striker calmly slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner to level the game.
The second half started as the first had ended with the ball repeatedly given back to Dunkirk who were able to launch attack after attack, but fortunately for us unable to put a shot on target. Romello came on 15 minutes into the half and instantly changed the game, as Dunkirk now had to deal with 2 strikers. The pendulum was swinging back to Calverton when Romello volleyed home from close range to restore the lead.
Play was finely balanced with both teams creating chances but failing to put the ball away. But the next goal arrived 20 minutes into the half with Calverton on the edge of Dunkirk’s box and Brinsleys shot rebounding off a defender to the feet of Romello who tucked the ball away to make it 3-1. The game was now stretched Dunkirk searching for a way back into the game and missing two clear opportunities with balls swung across the face of the goal and no one on the end to finish them. Calverton had rode their luck tonight so it was a relief to extend the lead again with just 8 minutes left. On the counter attack Brinsley cutting back inside the defender and calming slotting the ball past the keeper. Dunkirk finally breached the Calverton defence with just minutes to go with a consolation goal, but it really was too late. A physical & competitive battle from start to finish from two teams that go out play good attractive football.
SCORER: Romello Nangle (2) , Jake Towlson, Brinsley Kirkham
MOM: TEAM EFFORT
MATCH REPORT April 25th : CALVERTON COLTS 1 AWSWORTH VILLA 0
The second meeting in a busy week for both teams. Calverton notching up a convincing mid-week win at Netherfield & Awsworth edged out in a tight NYL Cup final by Priory on Friday . Overnight rain had softened the top surface of the playing surface and thankfully it was an early kick off for the boys with the sun out the temperature was already rising. Awsworth started much better than last week and had Calverton pinned back for long periods of the first half. However chances though were restricted to long distance shots which Liam coped without any problem. Awsworth’s best chance came from a corner midway through the half, the ball nodded down and cleared off the line. At the other end chances were few and far between for Kieran, Romello & Jack who received little service. It wasn’t because we didn’t try, it was just that Awsworth closed down so quickly and were forcing mistakes. Calverton’s best chances fell to Joe & Billy , Joe with a strike just wide and Billy with a shot from the edge of the box but he didn’t connect cleanly and it failed to really test the keeper. The half flew by with Awsworth looking the stronger.
In the second half Calverton took the initiative from the kick off forcing 3 corners in quick succession which set the tone for the second half. Calverton held onto procession much better and began to use the full width of the pitch on both flanks.
It was still difficult to see where a goal might come from as both defences were really solid in holding up the strikers.
Both teams were having to change players as tiredness took over, or looking for some inspiration. A quick throw from Jordan caught Awsworth napping, Michael cutting across the defence and shooting from range, the ball just the wrong side of the top corner. The breakthrough arrived with just 15 minutes remaining when Billy picked up a loose ball in midfield, he carried the ball inside and cut a deep cross back to the right , Kieran loosing his marker and rising to beat the Keeper to head into the far corner. It was probably Kieran’s only chance of the game as Awsworth had frozen him out up to that point.
It certainly wasn’t over and as you would expect we defended a little deeper as Awsworth had to now press for the equaliser.
A couple counter attacks should have finished the game off but the opportunities came & went. Awsworth also might have pulled it back with 2 chances in the final few minutes , but both attempts went wide of the left hand post.
It was a great win and we had to work hard for it and just about deserved the 3 points. With results going our way we still have everything to play for
SCORER: Kieran Johnson
MOM: Billy Bennett
22 APRIL MATCH REPORT: NETHERFIELD BOYS 1 CALVERTON COLTS 5
Throughout the season Netherfield have demonstrated they can compete by pulling off some credible performances and close games.
On paper their home form doesn’t look so good but we were not going to take the game lightly and we needed to bounce back after last weeks defeat at Awsworth. The spring weather had brought out a large crowd which became an almost Carnival atmosphere with friends watching both teams. Calverton couldn’t have got off to a better start , one up on 3 minutes. With the ball pulled across the face of the Goal Joe Brothwell had an easy tap in from close range. Netherfield came back strongly always-looking dangerous going forward throughout the half. Liam Bougues was forced to pull off a fine save from a viscous dipping shot from just outside the box. As the half went on Calverton continued to get a grip on the game putting more pressure on Netherfield Goal with a series of saves & corners. On 25 Minutes Romello met a corner at the near post, heading into the empty net to double Calverton’s lead. 10 Minutes later Calverton were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, which Joe converted by putting the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to put us 3 goals up before the interval.
We sent out a fresh midfield in the second half, which immediately unsettled Netherfield. Six minutes into the re-start a loose back pass was anticipated by Kieran who quickly closed down the keeper, and in his rush to clear the ball the rebound went into the net. A big pat on the back for Kieran for creating a goal out of nothing. Netherfield finally got a deserved consolation goal on 12 minutes as they continued to drive forward at every opportunity. However 2 minutes later the four-goal lead was restored as Kieran added to his earlier effort. On the whole we defended much better than last weekend and we created far more chances, which allowed full rotation of the team in a variety of positions. A comfortable result in the end and something to build on for the remaining five games. Well done to Netherfield who have performed really well in their first season at this level, not always getting what they deserved and I am sure Brian & the boys will be even stronger next season.
Romello gets MOM , back to his old self with plenty of effort , good distribution when called upon, tracking back, and a headed Goal (I think that’s a first headed goal)
SCORERS: Joe Brothwell 2, Kieran Johnson 2, Romello Nangle
MOM : Romello Nangle
19 APRIL 2010 MATCH REPORT: AWSWORTH VILLA 4 CALVERTON COLTS 0
With both teams dropping points, only a win was good enough to keep up any hopes of putting Dunkirk under pressure in the final run in.
Recent seasons we have come away from the Shilo with nothing after some great performances often conceding in the final minutes.
Today was another great performance but we were our own worst enemies. The opening 5 minutes were scrappy with both teams unable to get hold of the ball, but as the half went on it was Calverton who imposed themselves on the game, passed the ball around and looked the most likely to take any advantage. However Awsworth defended solidly and were often looking for the counter with the long ball over the top. On 25 minutes & totally against the run of play a speculative lob caught Ollie in no mans land for the first goal, the bounce seeing the ball nestling in the top corner. Billy almost replied immediately a 25 yard left foot drive nicking the outside of the post. Romello was a real handful for the Awsworth defence and looked to most likely to level things. On 30 Minutes we shot ourselves in the foot again, unable to defend a throw in allowing the ball in to bounce in the area which was simply flicked on into the net unchallenged.
The next goal was going to be crucial and the boys really set about Awsworth who were defending deeply and for 25 minutes they were rarely allowed out of their half. But for all the possession and effort , shots rarely tested the keeper and Awsworth were happy soaking up the pressure.
In the heat it was inevitable that tiredness take its toll and mistakes creep in. Still chasing the game and 30 minutes into the half the all important goal came, unfortunately at the wrong end. Once again Awsworth taking advantage of the counter attack and indecision between keeper & defence. Three goals down there was no way back and as if to rub salt in the wound Awsworth added a forth goal 5 minutes later without reply.
The Shilo has never been a place to forgive mistakes, it certainly wasn't the case today. Were we second best today ?.No.Did the result reflect the game.NO.But we didn't create enough chances for the amount of the ball we had and you have to give credit to Awsworth for the organised & disciplined defending.
Calverton still have a say in the Championship, so all we can do now is keep plugging away and finish as strongly as possible and maybe throw a spanner in the works for both the favourites.
28/3/10 - MATCH REPORT: AFC VERNON 1 CALVERTON COLTS 2
In recent weeks Vernon have found their feet pushing Awsworth close & beating Priory Celtic. They were also unlucky on the opening game of the season at Calverton. Calverton were under strength today with key players away or injured, so we were well aware that the task today was a tough one. In the opening 10 minutes Vernon set out their stall and was certainly the more hungry of the two teams, battling hard in midfield. Calverton were struggling to come to terms with the formation but they settled in time. It was a good 15 minutes before Calverton managed to put together a series of good moves, but with the blustery conditions and poor playing surface the quality of the final ball failed to delivery any real opportunities to test the Vernon Keeper. In the end it was a set piece which gave Calverton the breakthrough. On 35 Minutes a well delivered free kick from the left, produced a Liam Bogues header which was cleared of the line. The loose ball falling to Billy Bennetts well trusted left foot , and he didn’t waste the chance.
Vernon looked exploit their forwards pace with the long ball behind our backs , and for the most part we coped well and even managed to build our attacks from the defence. We came in a Goal up and had just shaded the game at that point
News from other games came in and showed how important a win was today. The boys knew that this game was wide open and another goal would be needed. Calverton certainly stepped up and produced some good football building from the back & through midfield. A few half chances were created with Joe & Liam both going close, once again the playing surface helping the defenders more than the strikers. 20 Minutes of hard worked failed to deliver a goal , and Vernon began to win a few more balls as tired legs produced a few unforced mistakes. With 15 Minutes left another set piece produced a goal to level the game, Calverton with 3 chances to clear the ball fluffed it and presented a shot on a plate leaving Ollie with no chance. Vernon had now sensed a chance to overturn the last league result at Calverton and were looking more dangerous than ever.
Liam & Romello had worked hard but with 10 Minutes to go were looking a little tired, so some fresh legs were bought onto liven Calverton up. With 7 Minutes remaining Joe found enough strength to take another run down the left, as the ball came across the goal it fell to Liam who with little time to think slotted the ball low to the right hand side of the net. A killer blow for Vernon who at that time were the better team. For the last 5 Minutes Calverton killed the game off and ran down the minutes for a hard earned 3 points.
Vernon are a vastly improved side and will no doubt test any team which underestimates them.
Well done to the makeshift defence today, it was a no nonsense performance which allowed us to build from and snatch today’s points.
SCORERS: Billy Bennett, Liam Bogues
MOM: Michael Lee
21/3/10 - MATCH REPORT: CARLTON TOWN 3 CALVERTON COLTS 4
The boys always look forward to playing Carlton and we have had some great games to look back on. Thanks to Russ for reversing the fixture due to Calverton being booked up with 8 FA Finals this weekend. The game got off to a bright start with Calverton scoring in the opening minute, only to be ruled out for offside. Within 4 minutes Carlton went into the lead, a corner to the far post headed home unchallenged. The reply was immediate when Korey Craig chased down what looked like a lost cause. His hard work paid off with an inch perfect cross finding Joe who turn inside and put the ball away. Calverton were dominating the midfield, picking up every loose ball and breaking up Carlton attacks. Jack worked hard and Joe continued to look dangerous throughout the first half when the ball was played out wide. On 17 minutes Calverton went into the lead, Billy’s free kick swept just inside the edge of the area met by Jordan who rose unchallenged above the defence. His header perfectly placed into the far corner leaving the Keeper stranded. It was a deserved lead and we had chances to extend it.
Overall Calverton were the better team by far in the first half and really should have been a couple of goals clear.
Carlton Town certainly woke up second half and took the game back to Calverton. On 12 minutes they equalised through what appeared a soft Penalty. However rather than press for another goal Carlton relaxed and allowed Calverton more attacking opportunities. Jack had a second goal disallowed for offside, and might have had a hatrick on another day….with two point blank chances steered over the bar. Brinsley also went close with a lovely run behind the defenders but he just couldn’t finish. Joe looked to have found the net but his effort across the goal went agonisingly close to the post but wide. However Joe did put Calverton back in front on 24 Minutes for his second goal of the game. Carlton weren’t finished and were back on level terms 4 minutes later. We now threw some extra players forward and were rewarded period of sustained pressure in the Carlton half and a series of corners. One Corner produced a deep cross to the back post, Josh threw himself at the ball and headed down into the net for the winner and celebration to match it.
The boys just had to take the sting out of the last 10 minutes and they did that well despite Carlton’s best efforts.
On Possession Carlton had the better of the second period, but on clear goal scoring opportunities Calverton should have been well ahead with the game in the bag. In the end the team with the most desire won. A good team performance from everyone.
SCORERS: Joe Brothwell (2), Jordan Knight, Josh Spademan
MOM: Jack Marshall…Worked Tirelessly both up front and midfield…just needed a goal to cap it off…It will come.
14/3/10 - MATCH REPORT: PELICAN COLTS 0 CALVERTON COLTS 0
The boys were well aware of the massive improvement in today’s opponents Pelican who have really got their act together this season reaching the Shield Final and beaten only twice this season. This game was played at a quick tempo with both teams playing some impressive football.
However today is was the defences of both teams which receive a round of applause and both keepers who pulled out premiership standard saves to keep clean sheets. In the first half there was nothing between the teams with the best chance falling to Michael & Jack in the 6 yard box, with the ball bouncing up Michaels header didn’t have any power to beat the keeper and Jacks follow up couldn’t test him as he managed to pounced on the ball loose ball. At the other end Liam Bogues was always quick off the line to tidy up. Pelican’s who were having a little more success in midfield produced their best attacks were down the left but Liam Cooper and the 3 backs worked well to snuff out any serious attempts on Goal.
Calverton were now playing with the wind which was causing a few issues for defenders. 10 minutes into the half and Pelican were beginning to have the edge in midfield, but the Calverton defence remained firm and kept their discipline. Another change in midfield brought Calverton back into the game as we won more of the loose balls and were challenging well. A few gaps opened up at both ends. Calverton went close from a free Kick, Brinsleys curling cross slipping agonisingly past the far post. In the late stages Pelican were denied by Liam’s fingertip save , the goal bound strike seemingly heading for the top left corner. At the other end Romello fired in a hard drive from the edge of the 6 yard box, only to be blocked by the defender, the loose ball finally rewarding us with another corner. Calverton’s best strike came from Adam his 25 yard dipper pushed over the bar by the Pelican keeper. For a goalless draw this really was a good game, at times both teams played some wonderful football. The only black spot was Jordan’s injury with just seconds remaining, which was a complete accident; hopefully it won’t be as serious as we thought.
What can you say to both teams who put up cracking display, and showed what this level of football should be about. You were a credit to both Clubs. A Good debut for Korey Craig who slotted in well into the midfield roll, well done. But as I have to pick out a MOM it would be both Liam C & Liam B .
Liam Cooper for his non stop effort & determination, Liam Bogues for his level of concentration to pull off one magical save.
MOM: Liam Cooper, Liam Bogues
7/3/10 - MATCH REPORT: CALVERTON COLTS 5 WB BULLDOGS 1
We were looking for a much improved performance today, following last weeks defeat. WB were down to the bear eleven so there were no excuses. A change in formation bought about a much more solid foundation to build up our attacks without being exposed at the back. WB opened brightly and against the run of play Calverton won a penalty, Kieran fouled inside the box. Jordan put the ball away despite the keeper getting a good hand on the ball. From then on Calverton dominated the midfield and looked excellent going forward. Kieran got his reward on 10 Minutes to double the lead. West Bridgford were finding hard to cope with pace at which the boys were knocking it around. Our third Goal came on 15 Minutes, Billy Bennett shot from the edge of the box leaving the keeper with no chance as the ball curled low into the corner. WB had a few opportunities and might have felt unlucky not to have scored from one of two chances that went across the goal. On the stroke of half time Romello made it 4 , the ball pulled back leaving him with the simple task of hitting the net past the stranded keeper
With the game just about won we made a lot of changes and this did disrupt the flow of the game. WB also looked more organised for the second period and dangerous at times. Ollie was called on to pull off 3 point blank saves. As both sets of boys began to tire the football didn’t have the same cut & thrust of the first period, but Calverton always looked more likely to add a few more goals.
20 Minutes into the half Billy wrong footed the defender stepped inside and slotted the ball the keepers legs from close range to round off a good individual performance. With seconds remaining WB scored a consolation goal to round off the game 5-1.
Overall much better than last week, the boys worked hard for each other and deserved the win despite playing against an under strength WB side.
SCORERS: Jordan Knight, Kieran Johnson , Billy Bennett (2), Romello Nangle
MOM: Jordan Knight (tracking back was excellent)
28/2/10 - MATCH REPORT: CALVERTON COLTS 1 PRIORY CELTIC 3
Both teams were looking to bounce back from recent defeats. The opening few minutes couldn’t have started better for Calverton as a long ball caught Priory cold, Kieran on hand to capitalize on the defenders error and volley the ball home with his first touch of the game from the edge of the box. However Calverton didn’t force the advantage home and as the game went on Priory looked stronger & stronger. Time & time again Calverton were caught in possession going forward and players unwilling to work back when we had lost the ball. Often the defenders were left exposed and outnumbered but for some good defending , poor finishing & the woodwork Priory must have felt they were unlucky not to be at least on level terms. Against the run of play Calverton might have extended their lead, although on target Kieran’s shot went straight to the keeper.
Priory were on level terms in just 5 Minutes of the turn round, ironically two Calverton players running into each other and the ball bouncing free leaving us exposed at the back . Priory’s striker made no mistakes this time. From then on Calverton showed only flashes of good football, but didn’t threaten the Priory goal once.
The Priory team gaining confidence, working hard for each other all over the pitch. They hit the woodwork several times and must have wondered if another goal would actually come. Eventually it did from a corner with just 10 Minutes to go, well delivered to the back of the goal for a headed finish from close range. Despite pressing forward for the equaliser it would have been daylight robbery if Calverton had got anything from this game. Priory probably played some of their best football of the season and fully deserved the victory. As if to rubber stamp the win they scored once again with just a minute to go.
Whilst we had a great start this was a disjointed performance with the only credit going to our defenders. Calverton are known as a passing team, today we forgot those values. Too much arguing and finger pointing , not enough focus on individual effort for the benefit of the team.
SCORERS: Kieran Johnson
MOM: Callum Woods, Josh Spademan
7 FEBRUARY 2010 - NYL CUP: HUCKNALL SPORTS 3 CALVERTON COLTS 3 (4-3 AET)
Back in cup action once again for another titanic encounter with Hucknall over at the Newstead sports ground. Both team started brightly enough with both Keepers in early action. Calverton had the better of the chances with the Hucknall Goal leading a charmed life at times. 10 Minutes into the game a sweeping move from Hucknall produced the first goal, Switching play from the left came a perfect cross from the right and quality finish from 6 yards out.
Calverton applied the pressure and should have levelled if not moved into the lead but we couldn’t find the quality strike we needed. On 22 minutes a corner from Joe was turned into the goal by one of Hucknalls defenders to level the game. Romello & Joe continued to put pressure on defenders and 5 Minutes later Jack Marshall drilled the ball into the back of the net from 10 yards out to give Calverton the lead. Hucknall then came back and had a strong 10 Minute spell that should have produced a Goal, but for Josh's diving header redirecting a Goal bound volley.
As expected Hucknall came out strongly for the second period but Calverton remained firm. Once again chances came and went for Calverton to extend the lead. At the other end Hucknall looked like they might create some openings as Calverton lost concentration. 24 minutes into the half Hucknall got a deserved Goal for their effort after some misunderstandings at the back. These well matched teams were fully committed in difficult conditions, but some poor challenges were causing tempers to fray and making it hard work for the referee and linesmen. 30 minutes into the half Billy Bennett took free kick from just outside the box, the ball curled onto the inside of the post bouncing out to Brinsley Kirkham to tuck away from 5 Yards out.
However just like a repeat of our game earlier in the season Hucknall looked stronger in the closing stages and equalised in the last minute of normal time. A soft goal to concede.
The 2 X 10 Minute halves went by in the blink of an eye with both teams looking unlikely to produce any magic. However with just 3 minutes left Oliver pulled off a magnificent save from the Hucknall striker volley, tipping the ball over the bar.
The winner came from virtually the last attack of the game, Hucknall producing a low cross from the left and helped into the net from tight angle. No time left & no way back.
Collectively the boys worked hard without getting any reward, but that’s football. Let’s give full credit to Hucknall who battled all the way , kept bouncing back and never dropped the intensity of their football. It was always going to be close and overall we certainly created far more opportunities, but you need to put them away. Perhaps if we had a full strength squad available it might have been a different game.
Anyway that’s gone…good luck to Hucknall and lets concentrate on doing our very best in the league.
MOM: Some good performances all round boys and I really find it difficult to pick from 4 or 5 of you today. Lets say the Team.
24 JANUARY 2010 - MATCH REPORT NOTTS FA SHIELD : CALVERTON COLTS 3 PELICAN COLTS 4
Well they do say that all goods things come to an end and our association with the FA Shield ended today in a thrilling encounter against a strong Pelican team. Make no mistake this could have gone either way but on the day our luck ran out on this occasion. The match was played from end to end with both teams having short periods of pressure without dominating the play. Pelican went into the lead after just 5 minutes, a deep corner swinging back into the net. A corner at the other end might have been an equaliser from a headed attempt by Josh, but it was turned onto the post by the Pelican keeper. Minutes later Kieran broke through the Pelican defence but somehow pulled to ball wide with only the keeper to beat. On 26 minutes a long ball dropped over the Pelican defence who allowed the bounce with Kieran anticipating the mistake he lobbed to keeper to make the game all square. 4 Minutes later Joe put Calverton in front , a fabulous ball from Jordan splitting the Pelican backs, under pressure Joe still had a lot to do but calmly steered to ball wide of the keeper. The lead lasted a little over a minute. Once again a deep corner beyond the back post steered into the goal from the narrowest of angles to square the game up at half time.
A few injuries forced some changes but the boys still had the belief. However 6 minutes into the half Pelican were ahead once again. As usual the boys bounced back , a superb free kick from Billy , the keeper forcing the strike onto the inside of the post whilst both teams stood like statues believing it had crossed the line and was Kieran who was first to respond just to make sure. The football continued from end to end and tiredness was beginning to show, both teams making mistakes. With 22 minutes gone Calverton failed to clear the lines and a shot from the edge of the box taking an awkward bounce somehow found its way into the net. Minutes later Pelican might have extended to lead with an extra player in free space on the right but the ball cleared the Calverton Goal by some distance. At the other end Joes effort was saved from close range . As Pelican played out time we almost equalised in the last few seconds with 21 Players in the Pelican box, again the keeper denied us and it was going to Pelicans day. Well done to both sets of Teams you both put up a great game after such a long lay off. It certainly lived up to expectations. We hope Pelican & Dunkirk deliver a great game in the semi-final.
Scorers: Kieran Johnson, Joe Brothwell, Billy Bennett
MOM: Josh Spademan
MATCH REPORT NOTTS FA SHIELD: Vernon Colts 0 Calverton Colts 7 - 11 November 2009
Whilst the pitch at Calverton was in perfect condition the fog came from nowhere and always threatened to have this tie postponed once again. In the end it was just about playable although from a spectators point of view difficult to make out what was happening at times. The boys set about the task with some determination from the kick off and spent the majority of the opening period in Vernons half of the pitch. The passing was smooth and the running off the ball excellent even if we weren’t able to capitalize around the box. It took 20 minutes to go into the lead, Adams run down the right with a cross to the near post, as Vernon tried to clear the ball Billy Bennett picked up the loose ball & fired the ball into the left hand corner of the net. Whilst that should have settled the boys down some excellent keeping by Joss in the Vernon goal denied Calverton on a number of occasions. Jack, Callum & Kieran all went close. At the other end some unforced errors in posession & free kicks gave Vernon some hope for a good 10 minute period. Vernon looked most dangerous on set pieces on the few occasions Liam Cooper was called into action. On the stroke of half time Calverton doubled the lead , a superb cross from the left to the back post which Callum hooked back and found Billy once again quickest to react and making no mistake from just 8 yards out.
Two changes at half time bought Richard & Joe into the action. Joe’s first touch of the ball extended Calvertons lead in the opening minute of the second period. Calverton were now in total control of the game. Billy Bennet capped off an excellent game with a hatrick , and his best goal with a half volley into the roof of the net from 18 yards out. On 30 Minutes Callum Woods made it 5 with a second bite of the cherry from 10 yards out, the keeper saving the first effort but Callum made no mistake the second time..…a deserved goal because he had worked really hard holding the ball up for midfield, and chances had been few for both strikers tonight. A switch of rolls for Liam Copper who really had a quiet night in the Calverton Goal, moved out field to the roll of striker. Within minutes Liam celebrated his first goal in Calverton colours, a speculative drive from 25 yards beating the keeper. The final action of the night was signed off by Joe Brothwell with another brace.
Overall a comfortable win in which Calverton moved the ball well and created numerous chances, which could have been double figures if it hadn’t have been for some quality keeping by the Vernon keeper.
Scorers: Billy Bennett 3, Joe Brothwell 2, Liam Cooper, Callum Woods
MOM: Billy Bennett
MATCH REPORT NYL LEAGUE 1 - 29/11/09:
CALVERTON COLTS 5 NETHERFIELD BOYS 1
We welcomed Netherfield back to Calverton for the second time this season for our first league encounter. Netherfield have made a fine start to the season sitting on top of the league despite last weeks disappointing defeat against St Ann’s. Fortunately the black clouds parted & the rain held off so we could get this game on. Both teams had a coupe of boys out with injuries.
Netherfield went straight on the attack and won a corner, but they didn’t take advantage and Calverton broke with the ball with Kieran Johnson powering past the defence to put Calverton a goal up in a minute. Within 3 minutes Kieran had added a second, this time a powerful header from 10 yards out, but that was to prove his last involvement in the game as he had to come off with head injury. Netherfield looked shell shocked as Calverton launched attack after attack, but they held out until 12 minutes when Billy headed home Michaels well delivered free kick. The passing and movement was excellent , some of the best football we had played this season. The team looked well balanced and continued to look a threat going forward. Billy almost added a second with a volley from the edge of the box beating the keeper but not the inside of the post, the ball squirmed across the goal but no-one could finish it off. That was Netherfields wake up call and they began to dominate the midfield for the remainder of the half, Calverton sat back a little too deep allowing Netherfields to grab a lifeline goal in the run up to half time.
We weren’t about to concede another 3 goal lead and in the second half Calverton steadied the ship, held onto possession and once again began to create the opportunities with the same fluid passing and movement they had in the first half. This was a mature performance in all areas of the pitch, all working and talking for each other. Adam delivered a great cross to the near post for Romello to steer the ball home on 17 minutes , which effectively killed the game. Joe had another great game on the left and threatened to score , but denied by Netherfields keeper on several occasions. However perseverance pays off and he finally buried one on thirty minutes for Calverton’s final goal of the game. Adam also went close with a half volley from 20 yards out but once again the keeper matched the quality of the shot with an exceptional save. Netherfield proved they had the quality at times and had they not been called cold from the kick off it might have been a different game, but they met a Calverton team who were determined. This was a comprehensive performance by the boys, positives in all areas of the field, a quality team display and deserved win to put us back in the top half of the table.
SCORERS: Kieran Johnson 2, Billy Bennett , Romello Nangle, Joe Brothwell
MOM : TEAM
MATCH REPORT NYL CUP 22/11/09:
WILFORD MAVERICKS 0 CALVERTON COLTS 9
This is the first ever encounter with Wilford Mavericks and they were an unknown quantity for the Calverton squad. For that reason we weren't taking anything for granted today. The conditions were difficult with driving rain & a strong cold wind, so anything could happen. The first team to get a look in on goal were Wilford but as the game progressed Calverton's passing & movement ensured that much of the action took place in Wilfords half of the pitch. Billy Bennett opened the Calverton account with a low drive inside the box on 10 minutes. With plenty of possession Calverton failed to make any significant inroads in the final third of the field. The passing although good was often a little short in the sticky conditions, and the attacking options often broke down with some determined defending by the home team. Wilford held out for another 12 minutes Calverton on the counter moved the ball a little longer and quicker allowing Kieran Johnson to score the first of a Hatrick of goals in a 20 minute spell, they weren't all pretty but they do count. Shot of the day came from Brinsley Kirkhan , his twenty yard strike hitting both posts before being cleared. It remained 4-0 up to half time.
A lot of changes in the second half changed the rhythm of the game with Wilford having their best period of play .It took around 20 minutes for the boys to settle again, Richard Prempeh getting a deserved goal from close range. Billy Bennetts cross from the left on 30 minutes was turned into the net by a defenders header which looped over the stranded keeper. Wilford continued to chase the game, looking for the consolation goal and full credit to them. But Oliver covered his area well and was determined to ensure Calverton had a clean sheet. On thirty five minutes Jack had forced his way past three challenges and beat the keeper from close range. Jack thought he had scored his second goal but this was cancelled out for offside. On 38 Minutes Josh's strike from a narrow angle hit the back of the net despite the best efforts of the Mavericks keeper. Liam Bogues scored a late goal meeting a cross from the left with a header from 6 yards out. Well done to all the Calverton boys who put in a good display of passing football in slippery conditions, although not always fluid everyone stuck to the task for the full period of the game.
When called upon the Calverton's defence kept concentration and dealt with dangers really well. Stand out performance was Kieran Blower who didn't put a foot wrong at the back. Wilford can be proud of the effort they put in today despite the result , they never stopped chasing and closing down and when they had the ball they continued to play football.
SCORERS: Kieran Johnson 3, Billy Bennett 2, Richard Prempeh, Jack Marshall, Josh Spademan, Liam Bogues
MOM : Kieran Blower
MATCH REPORT NYL LEAGUE 15/11/09:
CALVERTON COLTS 3 DUNKIRK COLTS 3
Every Season we have some classic encounters with Dunkirk (Last season 4-4) and this was to prove no different. Two teams both committed to attacking football is always likely to produce lots of goals just as is has done in previous matches.
Dunkirk settled early with Oliver having to produce a point blank save in the first 5 minutes. With 10 minutes on the clock Dunkirk were caught offside , a quick free kick gave Joe the opportunity to run & test the Dunkirk backs, Joe won and steered the ball around the keeper to put Calverton in front from 6 yards. As the half developed both sides had chances, Dylan with a similar opportunity beating the keeper but not the defender who cleared off the line. Oliver time a time again denied Dunkirk a way back into the game, he really was on the ball between the Calverton sticks. Calverton were now having a great spell winning everything in midfield and spreading the ball around well. Joe had caused Dunkirk all sorts of problems running from deep and added a second goal on 35 Minutes. At the other end Dunkirk must have thought it wasn’t their day, Oliver had already saved one shot, but as the ball dropped in front of the striker and the whole goal to shoot at, he pushed the ball straight into Oliver’s arms. On the stroke of half time Joe once again hit Dunkirk on the break and his simple pull back allowed Kieran to stroke the ball home for a clear 3-0 lead. But it could have been 4-4 but for some superb Keeping at both ends.
Dunkirk stepped up a gear in the second half , whilst Calverton forgot how to hold onto the ball and pass it around.
Too often we looked for the long ball and Dinkirk collected everything. However against the run of play Calverton’s long ball resulted in a Penalty, Kieran pulled down in the box. The Dunkirk Keeper guessed right and pulled off a great save which proved to be the turning point in the game. Dunkirk’s efforts were doubled and the Referees decisions appeared to push tempers to the limit with both sets of boys. Dunkirk got the goal that would give them a lifeline back into the game. They continued to chase lost causes whilst Calverton backed off. Long balls weren’t being held up and we continued to concede procession. With just 10 Minutes to go Dunkirk scored again. More bookings & a red card followed for stamping incident. With just 3 minutes to go it was all square.
Both teams could still have won the game, Romello with Kieran overlapping decided to go alone and his strike from 20 yards was saved easily. At the other end Dunkirk pumped in three free kicks in the last few minutes but we dealt with them well.
Based on chances at both ends it has to be said a draw was a fair result, and a result we would both have taken at the start of the game. The fact that we conceded a 3 goal lead was disappointing, but hopefully the boys will take something from that. Both keepers were superb today, Ollie for Calverton in the First half and James for Dunkirk proved to be the Catalyst for both teams in another thrilling encounter.
SCORERS: Joe Brothwell 2, Kieran Johnson
MOM : Oliver Burdett
MATCH REPORT NOTTS FA SHIELD 8/11/09:
HUCKNALL SPORTS (2) 2 v CALVERTON COLTS (2) 5 aet
Previous encounters against Hucknall have always been close affairs and the was to be no exception, they were well organised with a much strengthened squad and up for the cup tie.
Early exchanges were fairly equal but it was Calverton who capitalized on just 6 minutes. A superb deep cross on the turn from Jack Marshall found Johnny Collin's unmarked on the far post who struck the ball into empty net. If Calverton thought they would then stroll this one Hucknall had other ideas. Both teams fought hard in midfield Billy & Jack were always in the action as half chances were created at both ends, but good defending & goal keeping made it difficult for the strikers. As half time approached Hucknall looked to be gaining the upper hand and the more likely to score but the boys held out.
In the second half Calverton went right on the attack, forcing 3 saves in the first five minutes. Joe was proving to be a real handful when he attacked the right back. However against the run of play Hucknall counter attacked catching Calverton out with the strikers outpacing our backs. Liam sprinted off his line to make the save bringing down the striker, but the referee decided he didn't get enough of the ball and pointed to the spot. Liam's arguments resulted in a Yellow card and the penalty was converted to make it all square. The boys put it behind them and as the half went on Calverton looked more dangerous going forward and likely to score. A number of chances came & went and on another day Joe might have had a hatrick. Hucknall are a strong team , they made it tough, and were never far from turning this tie on its head. With just 5 Minutes to go a series of corners finally paid off with Kieran Johnson providing an unstoppable header into the top corner and likely winner. Calverton set about killing off the game, but Hucknall didn't lie down and Liam had to pull off another testing save, pushing the ball onto the post which was cleared.
In the last minute Hucknall were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. A superb strike and equally superb save from Liam who pushed the ball wide and onto the bar, the Hucknall striker quickest to react and he headed home. That proved to be the last action of normal time. It had been a thrilling contest from two honest teams.
The boys were obviously down after being so close, but we have been here before and Calverton know how to dig deep. Calverton scored almost immediately with Romello unusually beating the offside trap and steering the ball past the keeper. It looked a soft goal and Hucknall seemed deflated. This time the boys were determined not to let anything slip. Alex had to come off injured and both sets of boys were suffering with cramp. The 10 minutes flew by.
aet H-T 2-3
The boys knew another goal was needed as Hucknall were going to throw another man forward. The holes were beginning to appear and we needed to take advantage. Jack Marshall delivered with a well struck drive from close range to give Calverton the cushion we deserved. Kieran completed a brace with another unstoppable shot from just inside the box to make it 2-5. Jack might have also added another in the last few seconds, but his goal bound shot was deflected over the bar.
18/10/09 MATCH REPORT NYL CUP : CALVERTON COLTS 6 NETHERFIELD GOLD 1
First a thank you to Brian and the Netherfield boys who still turned up for today’s cup tie with just 11 boys due to illness. I am sure others would have taken the opportunity to pull out the game, despite the issues it creates later in the season. On the other hand Calverton were virtually at full strength with the return of a number of the boys from injury & academy duties. Calverton went straight on the offensive with Netherfield defending deep under the pressure. We certainly had the majority of possession without making too many clear chances. The midfield worked hard and for the most part were efficient and kept it simple. On 18 minutes Richard cut inside from the right and from close range forced the keeper to save at the near post, however Richard made no mistake with the rebound putting over the stranded keeper into the far left corner. Netherfield are more than capable of damaging teams at this level and Liam Bogues was called into action a couple of times having to pull off point blank saves. On 30 minutes Joe went on a sprint down the left hand wing leaving three players in his wake, his low cross found Kieran who pushed the ball over the line to put Calverton two goals up and in the driving seat. Simple football at its most effective.
5 minutes into the half and the game was all but over, with Joe bearing down on the keeper the defender slid through and put it past his keeper for an own goal (we gave it to Joe). 10 minutes later and Kieran added his second goal once again his outstanding pace beating the Netherfield defence who were by now looking tired.
Netherfield however found some consolation when on 18 minutes a quick counter attack and looping shot found Liam stranded unable to push the ball away. This gave Netherfield a second wind and they put together some football whilst Calverton look unorganised, our concentration had gone for a good ten minute period. Eventually we got back into our stride and started to open up the Netherfield defence again . Order was restored when Dylan showed his frightening pace & composure in front of goal with a low drive beating the keeper at the near post to make it 5-1. In the last few minutes Romello finally got off the mark with a solo effort, dancing through 4 defenders before slotting the ball away from a narrow angle to make it 6-1. It been a long time coming..!
Take nothing away from Netherfield who played their part today and were denied a number of times through a solid defensive performance and Liam Bogues ability to read the game. The result may have slightly flattered Calverton . In the end tiredness took its toll , against a Calverton team who worked hard for each other and produced our best performance to date, well done lads.
SCORERS: Kieran Johnson 2, Richard Premeh, Joe Brothwell, Dylan Farrow, Romello Nangle
MOM : Liam Cooper
FA SHIELD: CALVERTON COLTS 3 EAST VALLEY UTD 0
Our first defence of the County Shield title against first division opposition East Valley. Despite a poor start East Valley are not to be underestimated and always seem to raise their game against Calverton. On the goalless first half display it looked like being a tricky encounter. Calverton pressed forward for long periods without much reward. East Valley were always dangerous on the counter attack and also played some nice football at times. For all the pressure Calverton were not ruthless in front of goal, Richard & Jack really should have put clear chances away but failed to hit the target. Several well delivered corners went unchallenged. Moving forward possession was often given away cheaply in midfield when some simple two touch football was all that was needed. Lost possession in midfield gave East Valley encouragement to turn Calverton and test our defenders, which for the most part looked solid. Jake, Kieran, Alex & Josh all played well throughout the game.
A quiet word at half time did wonders. Calverton went back to simple football which paid immediate dividends. Romello & Dylan immediately responding and playing with more belief, determination , and pressing the East Valley backs into making mistakes. Two quick saves by the East Valley keeper were followed by Dylan’s clinical finish from just inside the box. On 10 Minutes Calverton had doubled the lead , this time Johnny’s first time cross & Jacks strength around the box putting the ball away from close range.
By now Calverton were dominating the game but as with previous games the East Valley Keeper put in a man of the match performance to deny Calverton time after time. Romello and Johnny both hit the woodwork. Josh went close from two corners. With 10 minutes to go a re-shuffle in formation allowed Calverton few more options going forward, Liam Bogues with two opportunities with just the keeper to beat, but both shots failed to test and extend the lead. With just minutes to go Richard once again sprinted down the right putting in a perfect low ball across the 6 yard box, with players lining up Liam slid the ball home for the final goal of the game. Overall Calverton deserved the win, we really didn’t get going until the second half which is something we need to work on.
Full credit to Martin and the boys, who never stopped running, trying, and they continued to play football to the end. I am sure they will improve and surprise teams late in the season as they did last. Well done to both Teams…
SCORERS: Dylan Farrow, Jack Marshall, Liam Bogues
MOM: Jake Towlson
MATCH REPORT U/15s LEAGUE 1 :PRIORY CELTIC 3 CALVERTON COLTS 1
Games with Priory Celtic are always tight games, but this was a game of what might have been.
Without doubt Calverton were the better of the two teams in terms of passing & movement in the opening 20 minutes. We pushed the ball around well and developed some great attacks on the right, Richard in particular had a good first half. In the opening spell Dylan, Brinsley & Romello all should have scored. Dylan with his first touch of the game & just the keeper to beat putting the ball wide of the left hand post, Brinsley’s superb shot from the edge of the box just a foot high of the bar. The Colts midfield were really dominating possession.
As the half went Priory posed a few questions of our backs and for the most part we looked solid. However a little lapse in concentration cost us , leaving Priory onside from a through ball down the middle and good finish from the striker. Priory were now at their most dangerous and were really pressing hard. They had a number of chances but some poor finishing from long range rarely tested Liam in Goal. Late in the half Romello looked to have pulled a goal back but was judged to be offside , the right decision.
The opening second half spell saw Calverton pull a goal back just 10 minutes into the half . Dylan scoring a debut goal, receiving a well placed through ball and using his speed to finish well from the edge of the box. Minutes later Brinsley put another shot over the bar from the edge of the box , and Romellos near post strike was denied by the Priory Keeper . I certainly felt we were capable of equalising but with limited choices on the bench through Injuries & Club trials we really ran of steam. Priory are a very strong team defensively and as you would expect they often turn that to their advantage. Calverton defended too deeply as the half went on , obviously wary of Priory Celtics front line pace with the long ball . On 25 minutes Calverton were punished for not clearing our lines, a close range shot beating Liam C on his debut. From then on Calverton rarely looked like coming back as Priory contained the midfield and ran down time.
Positive debuts from Liam & Dylan, well done boys. Richard impressed on the right. Overall I was pleased with the boys, despite the result . Getting anything at Priory is always tough, even harder with only 12 boys and key players injured. But one game doesn’t decide the league and we will have a chance to make amends later in the season at Calverton. There are going to be a lot of twists & turns to come
MOM: Jake Towlson (Solid performance)
MATCH REPORT U15s 15 SEPTEMBER 2009: SOUTHWELL UTD 2 CALVERTON COLTS 2
Our annual Friendly at Southwell usually attracts some of the worst weather of the month, although it might only be September it but felt more like November tonight. We were down to a squad of eleven, so a last minute reshuffle was in order. Southwell started off the strongest, but as the half went on Calverton settled and both teams showed some good football. The first goal fell Calverton’s way a simple ball picked up in midfield putting Callum through one on one with the Keeper, Callum kept his head and finished well. At the other end Southwell were denied by Liam’s excellent acrobatics on 3 occasions. On 30 Minutes Brinsley broke through on the right, and placed an inviting ball across field for Callum to finish in front of Goal for his second of the night. It stayed 0-2 up to half time.
As tiredness crept in Calverton lost a little of their zip in the second half. With no substitutes it was difficult to change things around. Southwell began to ease back into the game, weary legs allowed holes to begin to appear at the back. But for some way wood finishing & Liam’s saves Southwell should have pulled a goal back. It took 18 Minutes in the end, Southwell benefited from a counter attack, the ball broke in front of the goal and the striker had an easy finish with Liam stranded on this occasion. 2 Minutes later it was all square, this time a 30 yard shot from the left flying into the top right hand corner of the net. The remainder of the half became a bit of an exhibition match both teams unable or looking like they were going to get a winner.
Overall a good humoured game, a good run out for the boys, and a chance to express themselves. It was a nice change from training, but very cold again at Brinkley.
Scorers: Callum Woods 2
MOM: Callum Woods
MATCH REPORT U15s 13 September 2009: CALVERTON COLTS 2 VERNON COLTS 1
Our first home game of the season and we welcomed the Vernon team who continue to improve each season. . A solid start from the kick off from the Calverton was followed by some hard defending as Vernon gained confidence and found it easy to break up the Calverton attacks. With some hard tackles going in the bounce of the loose ball always seemed to favour the Yellow shirts, and you have to admit they worked hard to make that happen. Our only shot of the opening spell came from Brinsley picking up the ball from Jack he hit the ball well but straight at the keeper. On 30 minutes Liam collided with the Vernon striker, and having to come off Ollie took over keeper duties. As half time loomed it looked like neither team had the drive to break the deadlock. However Vernon finally broke the deadlock on 35 Minutes, Ollie helpless and first duty to pick the ball out of the net. A set piece poorly defended allowing the Vernon striker a shot from close range.
The closest Calverton got was a header from Callum which the keeper pushed onto the bar.
The physical nature of the game was taking its toll with Players pulling up injured. It wasn’t a dirty game, just a few clumsy challenges going astray.
We stepped up the pace in the second half but in the opening 15 minutes it was still not happening in the last third of the pitch. Michael had a shot from the left tipped over the bar, which looked a certain goal. With 20 Minutes to go Rommelo joined Richard up front with Joe dropping back into midfield to join Jordan & Jack .As the seconds ticked away Calverton looked more menacing. Michael had another Shot saved from just inside the box and Richard missed what looked like an open goal from just a few yards. At the other end we were beginning to press our luck with less cover at the back, and Vernon might have added to their lead but Ollie & the 3 backs stood firm. With just 10 minute left Joe forced his way through 3 defenders and with the keeper to beat slotted the ball home for the equaliser. Vernon were now defending desperately and wishing for the full time in order take away a deserved point, but we all know Calverton play up to the final whistle. Jack looked to have sealed it with a strike inside the box, turning left and then right but somehow hitting a defender for a corner. It was more inspiration from Joe that sealed the game with just 3 minutes to go. Another run from deep and low shot from the edge of the box, going under the keeper into the net and through the other side. The Vernon management didn’t think it was a goal, but I know Joe and if he turned to celebrate it was definitely a Goal, but we do need to check the nets so apologies to Vernon for the hole.
Victory from the jaws of defeat…A physical match which at times spoiled to free flowing football for both teams. But well done boys you stuck at it, believed in yourselves and came through.
Scorers: Joe Brothwell (2)
MOM: Alex Spencer Tansley
MATCH REPORT 6 SEPTEMBER 09 U15s : EAST VALLEY UTD 0 v CALVERTON COLTS 4
Last season East Valley improved through the season and proved a difficult team to breakdown for the Colts with a goalless draw in the corresponding fixture. Martin apologized for the sloping pitch, despite having arrived at 9.00am to secure a better one, it makes you realize how lucky we are at Calverton. Despite this it was the same for both teams so no complaints. It took only 5 minutes for Calverton to score Brinsley finding space on the edge of the box for a half volley catching the keeper out. Calverton’s build up was often good without having an end product, and here is where east valley strength lies in the quick counter attack. They might have hit an equaliser on 12 minutes, the underside of the bar coming to Calverton’s rescue. Joe, Jack & Michael linked up well stretching the ball wide putting in some great crosses from the right. Calverton’s second goal came on 17 minutes from the right when Joe picked up the ball from an acute angle, he lofted the ball over the stranded keeper into the far corner. The game settled in a pattern of Calverton pressing and East Valley happy to wait for a mistake or loose pass to counter against. For the most part we coped well at the back. Calverton may have added another when Johnny made delicate cross from the left to the back post, unfortunately Joe headed it onto the post and East valley scrambled the ball away.
The game was effectivly over a minute into the second half, yet another long range strike from Jack taking a slight deflection and leaving the keeper with little chance to increase the lead to three goals. As the half went on Calverton’s fitness & ball work began to dominate the game and there were lots of positive points in the game play. It was pleasing to hear the all the boys encouraging each other even when things didn’t go to plan. East valley were finding it more difficult to break out of their half, Calverton were winning a succession of corners. Having scored from 3 long range efforts it was good to see a goal from inside the six yard box, Richard sliding in front of the near post and defender to meet the cross and lift the ball over the keeper’s arms.
We continued to dominate up to the final whistle with a number of efforts going close.
A good performance for the first game of the season, we asked for a clean sheet before the game and the boys delivered. 4 different Goal scorers and several good chances created.
Scorers: Brinsley Kirkham, Joe Brothwell, Jack Marshall, Richard Premphi
MOM: Joe Brothwell
MATCH REPORT U15s : CALVERTON COLTS 1 V GLAPWELL COLTS 4
We welcomed Glapwell to Hollinwood lane for the first time. The Mansfield side are consistently competing at the top of the Mansfield Chad League sparring with Drezden & Teversal.
Glapwell opened the scoring within 5 Minutes, catching Calverton's revised back four cold. In reply Calverton created an equal number of openings with Joe on the left looking the most lively.
Both Jack & Romello went close, but It wasn't long before Glapwell extended their lead as they settled into their game with the weather now deteriorating . Romello pulled up with an injury and just before half time a speculative shot from the edge of the box gave the visitors a deserved 3-0 lead.
A few changes at half time improved Calverton's game and within 10 Minutes Calverton had pulled a deserved goal back, Joe swinging in a free kick for Michael to head home. Despite some hard work up front from Jack & Richard, who both went close with long range shots Glapwell managed to contain Calverton and held onto the ball better than the home team. They recaptured the 3 goal lead with 20 Minutes to go and really might have extended it further with the amount of possession they had. Calverton played a little to deep and often reverted to the long ball which Glapwell collected easily and built upon. By full time the weather & light was closing in and everyone was happy to hear the final whistle.
Without doubt Glapwell are one of the best club sides we have played or will play this season, unfortunately we were not at our best. It is early days and only a friendly, what really counts is from Sunday.
Scorers: Michael Lee
MOM: Jack Marshall (Great work rate)